"Shadowplay" - New Documentary Fuses Anti-War Left & 9/11 Skepticism
"The American empire is imploding and going down, it is already visible before our eyes. The ideological and the political currency and cachet of this government... it's disgraced around the world. The American government is hated more than at any time in my lifetime, so we really have an empire that's in a slow-motion decline and it will decline. My two worries are... they are going to do a lot of bloodshed, a lot of wreckage before it goes down, and that what stands to replace them is the Chinese empire, and the Chinese empire is a lot more experienced than the American empire, which would be rather parvenue by Chinese standards. "
- Prof. John McMurtry.
I've blogged a couple of times now about a forthcoming documentary from the Australian production company, Upstream Media, called Shadowplay. I'm happy to report that Shadowplay is finally coming to fruition due to the dedicated work of Upstream's Gillian Norman. Her long-distance co-producer is Ian Woods of Global Outlook.
Thanks in part to donations from visitors of 911blogger, Shadowplay is emerging as a strong piece with a serious focus on 9/11 and the decline of the American empire.
The film places 9/11 within a historical and sociopolitical context often lacking in other documentaries. The closest "mainstream" documentary that I can compare it to is Hijacking Catastrophe by the Media Education Foundation.
Hijacking Catastrophe is a strong film, but it proceeds from an a priori notion, namely, blowback. 9/11 itself is not seriously examined in the film, only the aftermath.
Shadowplay is the synthesis of blowback and MIHOP, in documentary form, bringing together such disparate voices as Scott Ritter and Barrie Zwicker, Ralph Schoenman and Steven E. Jones, Colonel Robert Bowman and General Leonid Ivashov and a host of others.
I think that this film has the potential to erase the "firewall" between the anti-war Left and 9/11 skeptics.
For those of you who have contributed -- here are some screen captures and dialog, so you can see that your money did not just evaporate. Production proceeds, and the film is gelling into something marketable, and remarkable. (I can't post previews yet, because there is stock footage in the film that must still be cleared for use.)
"I don't believe it was a matter of coincidence and incompetence. I believe the evidence points toward deliberate delay to make sure that those aircraft were not intercepted. If that's the case, then it's not incompetence, it is treason."
"In the wake of 9/11, Islamic terrorists are allegedly present in different parts of the world, so the United States has to go after these terrorists. And they say, "Well, bin Laden is there, we have to go after him," or his "group" is there, so that the pretext of 9/11 is essentially, to intervene militarily under the pretext that they're going after the terrorists. So they'll send in Special Forces into the Philippines, into Somalia, into the Sudan, into various countries where there are strategic interests, where there's oil, or where there are minerals."
- Michel Chossudovsky.
"The ultimate cause of 9/11, in my view, is the destruction of the world economy in the 1990s by economic globalization, which is simply another name for the looting and sacking and brutal exploitation of all the world's resources, in a failed attempt to maintain the US dollar, which is now in its death agony."
- Webster Griffin Tarpley.
"9/11 occurs at a particular time, namely, when the system is without its prior rationale for its vast military undertakings. The collapse of the Soviet Union left the US capital without its justification for trillions upon trillions of dollars being expended upon arms and intelligence services and the state apparatus as such."
- Ralph Schoenman.
"There is this concerted effort to manufacture the threat, and we have think-tanks, we've had governments, policy makers, and academics trying to create this idea that we are fundamentally threatened by this amorphous network of Islamic radicals that are out to get us."
- Nafeez Ahmed.
"It's more to do with state operations than fundamentalist Muslim groups. You have two operations, one is the patsy operation which is more or less done or prepared, but hidden, by the secret services, and you have the real operation, which is done perhaps by criminals or somebody else. It's an old technique for secret services to hire organized crime."
- Andreas Von Buelow.
"You have Osama bin Laden, the chosen villain, who all along was a CIA asset, from years back when he worked closely with the CIA during the war in Afghanistan against the Soviets. He was a patsy like Lee Harvey Oswald was. Remember, Lee Harvey Oswald, claimed to the lone gunman who killed JFK said, "I'm just a patsy." Those were his words, and he found that out just before they killed him. These people are manipulated. Obviously. So Osama... put out this audiotape saying, you know what, I didn't do it. But that audiotape was quickly forgotten, followed in December of 2001 by an alleged videotape of Osama bin Laden... that videotape was clearly, to me, a fake. It was one which was created, in a studio, by the CIA, and which I think is the case with all subsequent audio and video tapes, ostensibly from Osama bin Laden. And the media never question their authenticity, apart from saying, "We're waiting for the CIA to determine the authenticity", and guess what? The CIA every time says, "Yes, we have determined this tape is authentic." Yeah! Authentically made by the CIA! That's what's authentic about these tapes... they're more of a Fairy Tale, used to continuously embellish the official lie of 9/11. This is psychological warfare, rolled out on an ongoing basis."
- Barrie Zwicker.
"When you have the Bush administration and the neoconservatives speak about the Middle East, they aren't solely focused on Iraq. They speak of the need to "transform the entire region." This means that regime change is the policy."
If you can donate (any amount!) to help with the production of Shadowplay, please do:
(scroll to the bottom donation button at link)
If you are interested in becoming an investor, or the U.S. distributor, contact Gillian directly;